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Analysis and comments on Stanzas by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 5 of 51, added on August 19th, 2010 at 11:29 PM.

could someone please explain to me what this poem is about?

Jo from Australia
Comment 4 of 51, added on May 17th, 2009 at 5:18 AM.

could someone help me find the literary techniques used in this poem
"stanzas" by poem ans well as the symbolism please!!
thank you !!=)

Comment 3 of 51, added on October 3rd, 2008 at 12:34 AM.

How very insightful !
Rupert, you remind me almost of my college literature teacher. A certain

What sir, do you make of the "moonbeam" (the GLASsy-GlOW...)

The moon changes its shape and therefore it has an unreliable physical
structure. A light that sourced from such a stucture could not possibly be
of a single form. Thus the light cast is never constant, nor the same, like
the inspiration of a Poet.

Dew is water in the form of droplets that appears on thin, exposed objects
in the morning or evening. Dew in the night is irrational, and as dew oft
evaporates by noon, does that poe mean to say that the lifesource (water
symbolism) of a poet is irrational, appears at night secluded from normal,
morning or evening dew ?

please enlighten
(especially the moonbean part, the GLASsy GOW)

chao from Singapore
Comment 2 of 51, added on August 5th, 2008 at 8:02 AM.

Unlike the previous comment, I would like to leave a few more useful

This poem demonstrates a lot of Poe's earlier sentiment for a Romantic
approach rather than the Dark Romantic vein used in later works. Even so,
embodied within the text is an ominous sense of a more finite existence.
Time is not simplistically perceived as an enemy per se but it is clear
that death is inevitable. "Whose fervid, flick'ring torch of life was
lit/From the sun and stars, whence he had drawn forth/A passionate light"
There is, therefore a "greater power" at work but it is not immediately
certain whether this is divine or rooted in Nature itself.
What is worth noting is that the light that descends and illuminates the
persona is a "wild light" from "the moon beam" rather than light or shadow
cast by the sun.
As with many of the Gothic poets, there is a sense of celebration with the
"dew of the night-time" but unlike his later works, we do not find
ourselves stranded "on a midnight dreary" in December or October. Here the
light is cast across the "summer grass".

What is most familiar here is the indication of loss in "the lov'd object"
that prompts "the tear to the lid" and yet, unlike, again, the later works,
there is less despair and the poem seems to conclude with yet further
celebration of beauty - almost certainly drawn from Nature - that enables
the speaker to celebrate a deep and Romantic "feeling".

Considering Poe's propensity for texts that can be read "at one sitting" I
hardly think this is toooooooooooo long!

Rupert from Singapore

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: Stanzas
Added: Apr 27 2005
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Poem of the Day: Apr 25 2009

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